STUART APPLEBY shot a 7-under 65 in the final round of the 2014 Humana Challenge but it wasn’t enough to pare back runaway leader Patrick Reed.
Reed shot a record three straight 63’s in the first three rounds of the US PGA TOUR event in La Quinta, California, to take a seven stroke lead into the final day but it wasn’t all plain sailing for the 23 year old American.
Reed struggled by comparison early on and gave the chasing pack some hope of bridging the divide but a birdie on the 15th was enough to get him back on track.
In the end he finished with a 1-under 71 for a tournament total of 28-under to beat fellow countryman Ryan Palmer (63) by two strokes.
“A lot tougher than the first three rounds,” Reed said after what was his second PGA TOUR victory. “My speed was off today. I left a lot of putts short. It seemed like the first three days the ball was just trickling over the front edge, and today it seemed like it came to a screeching halt.”
Appleby fired eight birdies with just one early bogie to finish on 21-under, enough to give most tournaments a big shake. His T9 result was his best finish since his 9th place at the Travelers Championship in June last year and only his second top ten in more than three years.
Matt Jones also had a good week, coming home with a 3-under 69 to finish on 20-under tied for 13th. Jones struck trouble with a double bogey on the par four 9th but bounced back with an eagle on the par five 11th.
The TOUR moves to San Diego this week where defending champion Tiger Woods will take on a big name field including Abu Dhabi performer Phil Mickelson, Marc Leishman and, in his first outing of 2014, Jason Day.Humana Challenge Leaderboard